India is currently celebrating Navaratri, which is a festival dedicated to the Hindu deity, Durga. The word Navaratri means nine nights, in Sanskrit, nava means nine and ratri means nights. The tenth day is commonly referred to as dussehra. Diwali, the Festival of Lights is celebrated twenty days after dussehra.
The significance being, the beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother Durga.
Navaratri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba, (the Power).
In the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra, people perform the dance of garba.. They dress up in traditional and colourful Gujarati clothes and go for the dance.
In north India, there the Navaratri is celebrated in form of Ramlila, which is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Rama, ending up in ten-day battle between Rama and Ravana, as described in the Hindu religious epic, the Ramayana.
On the tenth day dussehra is commemorated in the form of victory of Rama over demon king Ravana, when the actors are taken out in a procession through the city, leading up to a mela ground or town square, where the enactment of the final battle takes place, before giant effigies of Ravana.
Just a picture of Mataji in one of the temple I visited.